THE baby for sale racket has reared its ugly head again, and this time around the authorities are investigating if the syndicates involved had any internal assistance.
There have been reports in the mainstream media as well as in social media that a few people, including a specialist and National Registration Department (NRD) officials colluded with the syndicates.
Is this true?
The NRD has confirmed two of its officers were among several people arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in the vicinity of Klang Valley on Thursday (June 8). They were suspected to have colluded with the syndicate.
According to Malay language news portal, Sinar Harian, NRD director-general Zamri Misman said in a statement on Friday (June 9) that the two officers arrested were suspected to be involved in the issuing of birth certificates and MyKid.
He said the close cooperation between MACC and NRD, which had shared internal intelligence, has led to the arrest of the suspects.
"The department will continue to give its close cooperation to MACC to complete the investigation," adding that NRD would never compromise with any wrongdoings of its staff.
Zamri said NRD would not protect any workers who were involved in activities which could endanger the security and sovereignty of the country and action and right punishment would be meted out if the officers were found to be guilty.